Report: Jefferson County schools fail to improve

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's education commissioner warned that the state may have to intercede because nearly all of Jefferson County's persistently low-achieving public schools are failing to improve.

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told The Courier-Journal that the failure of several schools to improve their academics is a community-wide problem and called it "academic genocide."

A new analysis by the department found that 16 of 18 Jefferson County schools that underwent overhauls in the past three years to improve academics showed little or no progress despite receiving millions of resources to improve performance.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens said her administration accepts responsibility and has a plan to turn around its failing schools.

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